Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant will be out for at least another three weeks with his fractured lateral tibial plateau, the team announced on Tuesday. Despite claiming that he would like return before the All-Star Game, Bryant is set to miss extra time with the injury that he suffered on Dec. 19.
Bryant was supposed to miss just six weeks but the extra time puts him way past the original return date of Jan. 30. He was said to be in so much discomfort that an MRI will not even be taken by team doctors. Bryant will be re-evaluated in February. The All-Star Game is two weeks away and Bryant is not guaranteed to be ready for the annual showcase. He has already mentioned giving up his starting spot to someone more deserving, according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Bryant has only played in six games this season. He is only averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. The Lakers are currently 16-29 on the season.